Kelli Burns is the new Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Accolade, a healthcare company.
Burns, a former consultant with Ernst & Young LLP that focused on cybersecurity engagements for multiple Fortune 500 companies, will lead Accolade’s information security business unit and support the overall compliance and risk management function, enhancing its information security and privacy posture to support growth and protect the trust of Accolade’s customers and members.
Burns is a recognized information security leader who understands the regulatory frameworks for data and privacy. Burns and her team will support Accolade’s 600+ enterprise customers that represent some of the country’s largest employers, including health plans and local, state and federal governments, across a range of industries and sectors.
Prior to joining Accolade, Burns held multiple positions at Symetra Financial, including serving as CISO. During this time, she was pivotal in building out the cybersecurity program and enabling the business to make decisions swiftly while protecting the data of customers and employees. Expanding her leadership role beyond her technical capabilities, Burns was also the founding leader and executive sponsor for Symetra’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and developed their IT Emerging Leaders enterprise program. She is well-regarded in the Seattle community for mentoring women in cybersecurity and technology.
Burns holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Montana and is pursuing an MBA from Penn State University.